Failed GOP Candidate Files $12 Billion Lawsuit Against Media

  • 2019-03-17
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Failed GOP Candidate Files $12 Billion Lawsuit Against Media
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West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship filed a $12 billion defamation lawsuit against dozens of mainstream outlets and news commentators for calling him a "felon" during his failed 2018 primary run. (Mediaite)

While Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, spent a year in federal prison after a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate safety regulations prior to a deadly mining disaster in 2010, he was acquitted of all felony charges.

Blankenship — whose campaign rose to national prominence after he ran an ad dubbing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “Cocaine Mitch” and called Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao‘s father a “wealthy Chinaperson” — is seeking over $12 billion in damages in the lawsuit filed in Mingo County, West Virginia Circuit Court.

“Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and the other defendants in this case, when they represent themselves as a news outlet or news source, the public’s reasonable expectation is that they are indeed a ‘credible’ news outlet,” Blankenship’s attorney Eric Early, a failed GOP candidate for California attorney general, said in a statement to Mediaite. “It’s beyond wrong when they lie about facts that are easily ‘google-ible.’ These news outlets are going to have to decide at some point whether they are actual news or entertainment channels.”

For “injuries Mr. Blankenship has suffered,” he is seeking “damages in an amount not less than $2 billion dollars,” the suit notes, before adding that he also “seeks substantial punitive damages in the amount of 10 billion dollars.”

The list of outlets includes stations and publications from across the ideological spectrum including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Washington Post, Breitbart News, the Associated Press, and others.
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